Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.


45 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 4


Topic # 242165 14-Oct-2018 10:56
Send private message quote this post

In case anyone is interested in getting into smart home lighting with the Philips Hue system, I saw that Noel Leeming have the starter kit on sale (ends today) with the Hub, 2 x white ambience bulbs (E27) and a wireless dimming switch, for $138, normally $199. I went to Mitre10 and they bet it by 15% so it was only $117.


Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2 | 3
195 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 43


  Reply # 2107673 14-Oct-2018 15:16
Send private message quote this post

Awesome, thanks for the heads up! Just did the same myself. Have been looking at the hue products for a while, so looking forward to having a play tonight!



45 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 2107752 14-Oct-2018 19:55
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

I'm pleased someone found it useful. I also had been looking at the Hue system for a while now, waiting for a sale. I have a couple of Belkin Wemo bulbs, but the interface is a bit clunky, plus being able to change the colour temperature as well as the brightness with the Hue bulbs should be good.

:)
2896 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 98

Subscriber

  Reply # 2108368 15-Oct-2018 17:53
One person supports this post
Send private message quote this post

I'm really trying to find some of the colour bulb starter kits at a discount.. I'm waiting until next weekend (Labour weekend) to see if there are some discounts to be had.

 

 Fingers crossed.






14417 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1887


  Reply # 2108383 15-Oct-2018 18:01
Send private message quote this post

Same here. Sometimes Bunnings have them on special, and I seem to recall them being about $210 last time, which may have been June? . Bunnings price looks to be currently the cheapest price. 


14417 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1887


  Reply # 2108386 15-Oct-2018 18:02
Send private message quote this post

apm45: I'm pleased someone found it useful. I also had been looking at the Hue system for a while now, waiting for a sale. I have a couple of Belkin Wemo bulbs, but the interface is a bit clunky, plus being able to change the colour temperature as well as the brightness with the Hue bulbs should be good.

 

 

 

I have some of the wemo switches which I have hooked up to lights. I have found the secret is to use something like Amazon Alexa to control them with, so you then bypass teh wemo app, which isn't that great. Using Alexa works almost everytime. 


195 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 43


  Reply # 2108439 15-Oct-2018 20:03
Send private message quote this post

Aaroona:

I'm really trying to find some of the colour bulb starter kits at a discount.. I'm waiting until next weekend (Labour weekend) to see if there are some discounts to be had.


 Fingers crossed.



At the mitre 10 in Hornby they had the colour bulb start kit on a clearance for $150. But it was an older model kit with the v.1 hue Bridge.. Not sure what the difference is between the two is...

But I had to have a really long think about which to get. 150 alone for the 3 colour bulbs would've been worth it!

Decided the white ambiance kit with the switch was a better kit to get myself started with.. Am using in the bedroom and having the dimming switch is awesome!

195 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 43


  Reply # 2109256 17-Oct-2018 08:51
Send private message quote this post

Hey All, 

 

Noels is doing 20% off all Phillips Hue products for their labour day sale. So following on from the OP, you could go to either Bunnings or Mitre 10 to get a further 15% off. So around $60 for a colour bulb... 

 

Colour bulb start kits will drop down to 204 - provided Bunnings/Mitre10 price match.


:)
2896 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 98

Subscriber

  Reply # 2110298 18-Oct-2018 10:01
Send private message quote this post

Blurtie:

 

Hey All, 

 

Noels is doing 20% off all Phillips Hue products for their labour day sale. So following on from the OP, you could go to either Bunnings or Mitre 10 to get a further 15% off. So around $60 for a colour bulb... 

 

Colour bulb start kits will drop down to 204 - provided Bunnings/Mitre10 price match.

 

 

 

 

This is mighty temping, if we can get Bunnings/Mitre10 to match.
I'm off sick at the moment and don't particularly feel like going out, but hopefully on Saturday or Sunday if I'm up to it I might drop in and see! Thanks for the heads up!






3551 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 658

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2110314 18-Oct-2018 10:21
2 people support this post
Send private message quote this post

If you are getting colour bulbs, make sure they are Gen 3.
NZ seem to be a dumping ground for old stock. Look out for the "enhanced colours" sticker on the corner of the box for Gen 3.

Last time I looked at them at Noel Leeming they had the different generations at the same price with identical SKUs.




Areas of Geek interest: Home Theatre, HTPC, Android Tablets & Phones, iProducts.

195 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 43


  Reply # 2110317 18-Oct-2018 10:25
Send private message quote this post

Being lazy, are there major differences between Gen 2 and 3?


3551 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 658

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2110323 18-Oct-2018 10:31
Send private message quote this post

Blurtie:

Being lazy, are there major differences between Gen 2 and 3?



Better colour. Covered pretty extensively in the Hue thread but green performance I think. Look for gold printing on the side of the bulb for Gen 3 (IIRC).
Mr Google will help.

Disclaimer: I haven't bought any colour bulbs because I always considered them overpriced. I do have Hue strips, white bulbs, white downlights, motion sensors and wireless switches though.




Areas of Geek interest: Home Theatre, HTPC, Android Tablets & Phones, iProducts.



45 posts

Geek
+1 received by user: 4


  Reply # 2110324 18-Oct-2018 10:31
Send private message quote this post

The gen 3 colour bulbs apparently have better blue green and cyan colours than the gen 2 bulbs. I don't expect I'd use those colours much if at all.

I can see myself spending too much money on bulbs this weekend. It is a shame that the dimmer switch with bulb kit only comes with edison screw bulbs, because this is a good value kit, especially at $34.

3551 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 658

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2110327 18-Oct-2018 10:36
Send private message quote this post

apm45: The gen 3 colour bulbs apparently have better blue green and cyan colours than the gen 2 bulbs. I don't expect I'd use those colours much if at all.

I can see myself spending too much money on bulbs this weekend. It is a shame that the dimmer switch with bulb kit only comes with edison screw bulbs, because this is a good value kit, especially at $34.


I bought that same kit a while ago and just used the Edison bulb in a table lamp to provide room ambience.

Be aware the coloured bulbs aren't particularly bright. Especially when you are using them for white.

Hoping the new Xiaomi store has their bulbs when it opens next month.




Areas of Geek interest: Home Theatre, HTPC, Android Tablets & Phones, iProducts.

195 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 43


  Reply # 2110331 18-Oct-2018 10:45
Send private message quote this post

Good to know, thanks! Would only get the colour bulbs for the living/entertainment areas really, can't see it being of use in the bedrooms? Well maybe the kids room.

 

Wow, yes that is good value for that kit, it's cheaper than just getting the dimmer switch on its own!


3551 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 658

Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 2110371 18-Oct-2018 11:13
Send private message quote this post

I see browsing the NL site, they now have the Muscari architectural lights as well. At one stage I even considered importing some of these but went with aphelion downlights instead.




Areas of Geek interest: Home Theatre, HTPC, Android Tablets & Phones, iProducts.

 1 | 2 | 3
Filter this topic showing only the reply marked as answer View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.